Explanation of the Belgian Foodie Rating System for Reviews

General Comments about My Ratings
 
Rating Scale
In all my reviews, I give ratings on various elements on a 1-to-5 scale.   One is the lowest rating and five is the highest.  Below is a short description for each number of stars:

1 star:  Awful, below all expectations
2 stars:  Needs serious improvement
3 stars:  Average, satisfactory, in no way exceptional or standing out
4 stars:  Very good, well above average
5 stars:  Outstanding / extraordinary, absolutely perfect

Keep in mind that I rarely give between 4.5 and 5.0 in any criteria since there’s always room for …

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Lufthansa – Disappointing Service

Lufthansa – Disappointing Service

What Makes Lufthansa’s Service so Disappointing?
Last November I booked a ticket on Lufthansa’s website to travel round-trip between Brussels and Los Angeles.   Immediately after booking my ticket I regretted having chosen Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners for this trip.  For what should have been a simple care-free trans-Atlantic trip to visit family over the winter holidays, I’ve had to try to deal with the customer service departments of Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, and Miles & More at every stage of my journey and even afterwards.

Lufthansa Review
  • Website (User-friendly, informative, transparent, and clear)
  • Customer Service
  • Comfort in Economy
  • Price / Quality Ratio
  • Food on board
  • Entertainment on board
  • Check-in procedures
  • Quality of Star Alliance Partnership

Summary

Lufthansa's Customer Service before, during and after travel is extremely disappointing, especially given its place on the market. Lufthansa clearly does not value its customers flying in Economy.

2.3

 
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ÓhArtagáin Handcrafted Irish Soda Bread

ÓhArtagáin Handcrafted Irish Soda Bread

How did I discover ÓhArtagáin Handcrafted Soda Bread?
A couple weeks ago Philip ÓhArtagáin informed me via Twitter that his prize-winning Irish soda bread would start being delivered each Thursday morning to Jack O’Shea butcher shops in Brussels (Belgium).  After reading on the website of ÓhArtagáin Handcrafted about the recognition this start-up bakery has already received in its 3 years of existence, I had to try the bread.  Hearing that Jack O’Shea butcher shops, considered to be the best butchers in Brussels, had selected to carry this bread confirmed my interest.  I immediately ordered o…

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Cheese Market Celebration in Mechelen

Cheese Market Celebration in Mechelen

What Makes the Kaaswinkel Schockaert so Amazing?
Accidental Discovery
As I was headed to a meeting in Mechelen (Belgium), I was drawn by the view inside the cheese shop Kaaswinkel Schockaert.  Even in the rain with an umbrella over my head and my eyes directed towards the ground, a long counter displaying more than 100 cheeses caught my attention.   I had to go inside and take a peak.

Cheese counter view from street

 

Cheese counter looking towards…

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